Froome: champion of the 100th Tour!
He was the dominant force in the 100th Tour de France and even though Christopher Froome lost 53 seconds to the winner of the final stage and 43 seconds to his nearest rival in the general classification, the Sky team sealed its second successive victory in the Tour de France at the end of the evening spectacle on the streets of Paris. The finish was around 9.40pm in the city of lights and the stars came out to shine: the four at the top of the sprinters classification had a drag race to the line to determine the winner of the 21st stage and it was Marcel Kittel who began the Tour as he started it - with a victory.
The German won in Bastia, St-Malo and Tours (stages one, 10 and 12) and he topped off a stunning second appearance by holding off a late challenge from the four-time winner in Paris, Mark Cavendish. Behind the battle of the sprinters, the celebrations had begun. Chris Froome would roll over the finish line arm-in-arm with team-mate David Lopez and with Richie Porte by his side. The grin on his face spelled out the relief and satisfaction of becoming the second British champion of the Tour and the first rider born in Africa to take home the yellow jersey. He ended his emphatic campaign with an advantage of 4'20» over the best young rider - and King of the Mountains - Nairo Quintana.
«I get a lot of inspiration from reading messages from fans who say that just watching the Tour de France makes them want to get out on their bikes or start cycling,» said the champion of the 2013 Tour. «That's what this is about. It's one of the main reasons we're here, why Sky is sponsoring us - to get that kind of response and support from the public back home is a really cool feeling.»
Beating the Tour de France odds is one of the most difficult things that a bettor could do. Here at BookMaker Sportsbook, we're giving you a profile of Stage 21 of the Tour, giving you all of the ins and outs of what you can expect for this stage and stating some of the riders that might be best to be on your radar when it comes time to actually bet the race.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 21, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 21st, 2013. This stage will stretch from the Palace of Versailles through Paris Champs-Elysees, France, and the NBC Sports Network is going to have the live television of this race. Join us at BookMaker Sportsbook as we give you all that you need to know about this stage when it's time to analyze the Tour de France odds!
The beauty and picturesque nature of the Tour de France will be on full display on the last day of the tournament. This is the one event that gets started on the Tour relatively late, as the riders won't be called to the starting line until nearly 4:00 in the afternoon. Of course, part of the reason for this is the flight that all of the riders are going to have to take from Annecy over to Versailles to get ready for this one, and part of it is the nature of the beast of wanting to put a grand spectacle on in primetime. Riding into the streets of Paris at dusk is about as good of a scene as you could possibly get in France, and the designers of the Tour were going to take every advantage of it, especially in this, the 100th episode of cycling's biggest race.
There really isn't going to be a ton of competition going on in Stage 21, as there is generally just a herd of riders that are going to finish this race within just a few seconds of each other. We would be surprised to see any of the serious competitors finish more than a few minutes apart from one another.
The run from Versailles begins relatively flat and remains that way throughout the whole race. There are a few modest and short inclines, but the trend is downward, and those who have competed on the Tour de France gambling odds through 20 previous stages deserve the light ride to finish things off.
It's really all about the sights and the sounds of the epicenter of France in this race. Starting at the Palace of Versailles is something that is relatively new, but there is no doubt that it is a grand venue for such a huge spectacle. Heading into Paris is traditional though, and this is the 39th time that it will be the backdrop for the conclusion of the Tour de France.
In terms of who we could expect to win the last leg on the Tour de France wagering odds, we suggest merely throwing a dart at a board. Teams who are competing for classification or for other jerseys will be positioning their riders searching for distinctions to succeed, so you should search through the races to see who really does need this stage win, as inconsequential as it truly is for the riders fighting for the yellow jersey.
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